SId, you're entirely correct to note that "journalists, by the nature of their job, tend to accept lower evidential standards than historians". However, quite a lot of serious historical research has been done into the specifics of what Japan was doing in WWII with its nuclear weapons R&D, and as one post in the AHF thread on the subject noted, subsequent findings "...have tended strongly to confirm Wilcox".Sid Guttridge wrote: ↑01 Oct 2018 21:26OK,
Is your reference to the Robert Wilcox, the journalist who also wrote on the Turin Shroud?
Not a crime if either is the case, but journalists, by the nature of their job, tend to accept lower evidential standards than historians, while the Turin Shroud is up there with UFOs, crop circles, etc., for conspiracy theorists.
As for de Velasco, I first encountered him when I read Wilcox's book, Japan's Secret War. I subsequently found him as a prominent figure in Farago's book and elsewhere. There are some declassified NARA documents that seem to point in de Velasco's direction, most notably a very detailed FBI report about a joint US-Canadian counterintelligence sting that smashed a sizable Spanish-Japanese spy ring in North America. I haven't been able to view that document yet. I have only seen excerpts cited by Wilcox. It is one of my targets if and when I ever get back to Suitland, MD (NARA headquarters).
De Velasco claimed to have made a report about the Manhattan Project, in person, to Hitler himself. What I hope to determine from the FBI report---and, perhaps, from documentation that others might provide here---is whether what they called the "Span-Nap Spy Ring" was in fact controlled by de Velasco, and therefore if that ring is what penetrated the Manhattan Project. The possible, if at this point largely speculative, connection between de Velasco's alleged North American espionage and "secret U-boat (and/or I-boat) bases in Mexico" is thus what I am really most interested in researching in this thread. If said bases or rendezvous points existed, they might be part of the "infrastructure" utilized by the Axis to facilitate their espionage.